Wouldn’t it be so well-arranged if every region of the world contained medicinal plants — always at the peak of their healing magic!
Or better yet, what if our need for them only occurred when they were readily available!?!
Nevertheless, it’s not by chance or random occurrence that it DOES seem to have been designed that way in so many circumstances.
Take for example the following that we see in the natural world:
- during the months of the harsh summer sun — comfrey and aloe flourish.
- when poison ivy, oak, and sumac grow invasively –plantain or jewelweed will always be near by.
- as the winter cold brings cough, colds, flus, sore throat, and a variety of respiratory illnesses — the bark of the wild cherry tree stands at the peak of it’s strength ready to soothe.
- after long months of hibernation and preserved foods — Spring bursts through the darkness with colorful, cleansing tonics…ready to renew our bodies as nature herself renews.
Unfortunately, life and nature are not always so orderly.
We must show the wisdom of our ancestors, and plan ahead for the uncertain twists and turns.
Gathering and preserving herbs is a kind of insurance policy against those times when our health throws us an untimely curve, and presents us with a problem when our favored herbs are “out of season.”
+Because they work gently and effectively.
+Because you can grow many yourselves, right outside your front door or even in your kitchen.
+Because it’s our birthright to use the gifts of nature with respect and wisdom.
+Because up until relatively recently, at least in the western world, herbs were an integral part of taking care of ourselves.
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As with an other type of insurance, we hope that it will never be needed, but our preserved harvest also offers great comfort by its presence.
In fact, the process of preserving and laying by our medicinal herbs can be very therapeutic in itself.
There is little more satisfying than knowing that our own labors have contributed to the preservation of our own health, and that of our loved ones.
Traditional methods of preserving herbs by…
- oil extraction
- making of salves and ointments
- pill encapsulation
…are tried and true.
Yet whatever the method, the goal is the same — to capture the essence of the herb’s natural healing powers and protect it from deterioration so that it can be used whenever it might be needed.
Read more of my articles regarding the subject of preserving herbs here:
- Traditional Methods of Preserving Homegrown Herbs
- Tips for Buying and Storing Medicinal Herbs
- How to Make an Herbal Tincture at Home
- Make Your Own Herbal Capsules
- How to Prepare Medicinal Teas
Nor could I ever more strongly recommend the following books:
- Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide: 33 Healing Herbs to Know, Grow, and Use
- Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health: 175 Teas, Tonics, Oils, Salves, Tinctures, and Other Natural Remedies for the Entire Family
- Practical Herbalism: Ordinary Plants with Extraordinary Powers
- A Kid’s Herb Book: For Children of All Ages
- The Herbal Medicine Maker’s Handbook: A Home Manual
Over the next few weeks I will be sharing recipes for homemade remedies that are presently in my pantry ready for use (acting as my family’s insurance policy) should we need them.
I sincerely hope you follow along and join me as together we create an all natural, independent insurance policy for the coming months of winter!
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How has gathering and preserving herbs empowered you and given you peace of mind?